Danica Roem Is the First Openly Transgender Person Elected to a U.S. Statehouse & a Heavy Metal Bad-Ass

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Danica Roem photographed in her campaign office on Sept. 22, 2017 in Manassas, Va.

Roem has spent a decade as the lead singer of thrash band Cab Ride Home.

What a difference a year makes. Almost 365 days to the moment when Donald Trump became the leader of an administration that has begun rolling back legal protections and rights for women and the LGBTQ community, voters in Virginia sent a loud and proud message that they are not on board with that agenda. Tuesday's (Nov. 7) election not only swept two new Democratic governors into office in key elections in New Jersey and Virginia, they also marked the election of Danica Roem into office as the first openly transgender person elected to a U.S. statehouse seat.

Roem defeated Bob Marshall, the 13-term, socially conservative former Virginia House of Delegates member -- and self-described "chief homophobe" -- who wrote the state's failed anti-trans bathroom bill and her win is a huge deal for one other reason: the former journalist is a longtime lead singer of a thrash metal band named Cab Ride Home. She is believed to be the first member of a thrash metal band elected to a such a prominent governing body.

Cab Ride Home released their debut album, Crash the Gate, earlier this year, more than a decade after Roem, 33, helped found the group that describes itself as a "drunken thrash metal" band whose "songs are about drinking" and whose shows are "about raging."

 

"Just because I sing in a heavy metal band while spinning my head in circles and getting paid to do it, why can't I run for government?" Roem told Noisey in an interview in June. "Why would I have to change who I am in order to run for government? I've already had to go through transformative change."

 

 

Yuge and bigly congrats to Danica Roem for making history, and making changes! You rock! --------

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Marshall introduced a bill (the Physical Privacy Act) earlier this year that would require Virginians to use the restrooms corresponding to their gender at birth and made his bias clear throughout the election cycle by purposely using male pronouns when referring to Democrat Roem, who got the best, last word on her opponent following Tuesday's results.

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